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Big Band Swing  - One4Review

There are melodies and songs from the swing era that will last for ever. Whilst we might have the CD’s from the bands and singers of the period, to see them performed live with style was a joy. Red Hot Swing, a 10 piece band from Glasgow, has built up a reputation for playing the music of the giants of swing. It was no surprise that a near capacity audience enjoyed and gave their concert great atmosphere. Glenn Miller featured strongly in their set.   ‘In the Mood’ received a faithful treatment with a little bit of a humorous twist from trombonist John Rollo. The band was joined on stage by vocalists Kenny Paterson and June Love who performed around 5 songs each.  Kenny Paterson, with a confident and commanding stage presence, has something of a Mel Torme quality in his voice which suits songs such as ‘Thou Swell’ and ‘Mack the Knife. June Love showed her versatility with a mischievous version of ‘Bring me Sunshine’ and a poignant treatment of Neil Sedaka’s ‘The Hungry Years’. Drummer Ian Robb provided most of the links with a west of Scotland type of banter and this did contribute to the evening’s entertainment. Praise must also be given to Ian Gilchrist not only for his contribution on trumpet but also, as the Musical Director, for the selection of the varied musical programme. ****

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